........... for making my child's first ever very important test so hard that I now worry how she will approach any future exams within her next school and beyond. This has not helped psychologically at all.
Please don't worry, son number two took a big confidence kick after last year's,cem, he knew he had not passed before the results came.
He got a place at grammar through appeal and just sat a cem midyis.... I knew in advance but kept quiet. He came out of school, said he had sat a test, it was just like cem, simple but silly quick plus there were some other funny bits added in. He said it was fine and he felt ok about it. He had learnt that tests are not the be all and end all.
We did have to nurse him through the first few months after he sat the test and got his results though, he also kept saying "what's the point in working"
But I promise, they recover, they bounce back!